NBA Game Summary - Chicago at LA Lakers
(Sunday, November 20th)
Final Score: Chicago 96, LA Lakers 93
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chris Duhon scored 21 points with eight assists as the Chicago Bulls used a late run to get past the Los Angeles Lakers, 96-93, at the Staples Center.
Mike Sweetney added 20 points and 12 rebounds and Kirk Hinrich chipped in 16 points and eight assists for the Bulls, who snapped a three-game losing streak and won for the first time in five road games this season. Tyson Chandler had a season-high 15 rebounds, including seven offensive, in the win.
"Tyson was a big factor tonight," said Bulls head coach Scott Skiles. "He made a couple of huge efforts. I liked Duhon's energy tonight. It was a tight game and the breaks went our way."
Kobe Bryant netted a season-high 43 points for the Lakers, who have lost five of their last six games. Chris Mihm was the only other Laker in double figures with 13 points, while Lamar Odom pulled down 10 rebounds in the loss.
"That was a disappointing loss tonight for ourselves and our fans," said Lakers head coach Phil Jackson. "We missed free throws in tough situations. Our choice of shots down the stretch could have been explored a little bit more."
The Bulls found themselves down 92-85 with 4:03 left in the game, but used an 11-1 run that was sparked by back-to-back three-point baskets by Hinrich and Duhon and capped by two Duhon free throws, to pick up the victory.
The spurt put Chicago ahead by the final margin. Both Bryant and Odom would get off three-point shots with under five seconds left in the contest, but neither connected.
The two teams remained close early in the first quarter before a late 7-0 run by the Bulls put Chicago up 26-17. However, the Lakers would net the last five points of the stanza to make it 26-22.
Chicago would create some distance in the second after a 9-1 run staked the Bulls to a 41-33 lead with 5:21 remaining in the half. Los Angeles would counter with six straight points to make it 41-39, and Bryant's jumper with 1:29 left before intermission tied the game at 47-47. However, the Bulls would hold a slim 51-49 after two quarters.
An 8-0 Bulls' run extended Chicago to 61-52 in the third frame and the Bulls would hold a 67-61 edge before the Lakers went on a 6-0 spurt to tie it with 2:32 left in the quarter. Chicago then netted the next five points to regain the lead and would take a 74-71 edge into the fourth.
Los Angeles would score the first five points of the final frame to take a 76-74 lead, and an 8-0 run would later put the Lakers ahead 84-77 4:34 into the fourth.
Odom finished with six points and Smush Parker added eight for Los Angeles...The Bulls shot 42.7 percent from the floor. The Lakers finished at 42.3 percent...Chicago hit 7-of-14 attempts from three-point range...The Bulls outscored the Lakers 38-20 in the paint.
11/21 00:43:46 ET